A friend online asked how I prepare Amni’s porridge everyday. Like other FTWM, I hardly have time to cook but I try to prepare Amni’s food as much as I can. Although I know my mom can always cook for her, I did not want to bother my mom with an extra task. She has been awesome enough taking care of Amni all day so the least I can do is cook for the baby so she doesn’t have to.
Also – I am always worried if Amni do not bond much with me since I work all the time. So that’s why I try to breastfeed, babywear, co-sleep and also cook for her as much as I can.
But I am not perfect. Unfortunately for my baby, I am not a talented cook. My earlier attempts of cooking porridge – either it is too runny, burnt it, raw.. After endless googling and experimenting – I have a fool- proof way to make porridge.
What you need
- slow cooker
- small packets of prepacked ketupat (the one in small packs). This is prewashed rice that cooked soft and yummy if done my way. I do not need to measure everytime as I just used 1 pack each time I make Amni’s porridge
- puree cubes – I prepared over the weekend stock cubes (chicken/beef), vegetable (broccoli/spinach/carrot/green beans) and protein (chicken/salmon/beef).
- small bowl you can get in Daiso – like the one used for chawanmushi.
Every night around 10 pm, I take a pack of prepacked ketupat rice and poured the rice into the small bowl.
If you are not keen for using prepacked rice – you can measure it as about 1 milk powder scoop full. Then wash rice twice and fill up the bowl with water until 3/4 full. If you are making a plain porridge or prefer more smooth comsistency – you can fill up until full.
Add 1 cube of stock and 1 cube of protein into the bowl. Sometimes I steam fish the following morning with garlic + ginger and add the steamed fish last with vege puree. Vege puree you add in the morning rather than the night before so it does not get overcooked.
Then, you fill the slow cooker until it covers 80% of the bowl’s height.
Switch on slow cook at low and now, you can go to sleep. Next day, you wake up around 5 am to a wonderfully cooked porridge every morning. Steam your vege puree/ fish and add into the porridge. Mix well.
I vary the combination of vege + protein + stock I use everyday. Because Amni gets bored easily and will reject the food she gets bored with. Sometimes, I change the menu and make her cheesy mashed potatoes or puree combos. But she loves her porridge the most.